Though Davidson College sits outside the famed “Tobacco Road” mecca of college basketball (home to UNC, Duke and NC State), the Wildcats’ 2008 run to the Elite Eight keeps Davidson in the March Madness conversation. The team rose to the top spot in the Southern Conference last weekend, showing hope for a potential return trip to the NCAA tournament.
We brought our daughter to her first Davidson game recently, as the Wildcats matched up against The Citadel. The college celebrated the 25th anniversary of Coach Bob McKillop before the game, revealing the newly named “McKillop Court” in his honor (benefactors for the dedication including former Wildcat star/NBA All Star Stephen Curry). The red and black clad crowd, from babies to the dedicated fans from The Pines at Davidson senior community, cheered the Wildcats on to victory. Most seats in cozy Belk Arena offer a prime view of the court, with ticket prices ranging from $7-$22 for the remaining 2 home games against Wofford and UNCG (Harris Teeter offers a promotion for 50% off home game tickets).
I’ve never been to a game at Duke or UNC, and would love to see the spectacle of “big time” North Carolina college basketball. But I love the tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” in Belk Arena, where we held our graduation ceremony on a rainy day in 2000. We may not often beat Duke and UNC on the court, but Davidson basketball brings out the Wildcat spirit shared by alumni, students, locals and visitors.
If you are attending a Davidson game, check out these local spots for pre/post-game food/drink: